It may be super sticky these days but the hazy, lazy days of summer mean one thing: back away from the kitchen! Instead of cooking, head to a super family-friendly restaurant with an outdoor space—deck, porch or garden—that offers the ultimate pairing: good food for all and a place where the kids are truly welcome. It’s a unique combination, and we found more than a dozen spots around town that fit the bill. Click through for our eating en plein air recommendations.

To Get Super Fancy in the West 30s: L’Amico

Sixth Avenue has never looked as good as it does from this vantage point. In an outdoor space surrounded by big pots of flowers and trees, a little oasis in the shadow of Penn Station area exists! Consider visiting here for a fancy brunch with kids who are more MasterChef Junior than Chuck E. Cheese; it's served Sundays starting at 11:30 AM. There’s much to experiment with on the menu, which features organic eggs from Five Acre Farms in Vermont. We’re talking brunch that goes way up a notch with dishes like French toast and sheep milk ricotta with almond, grapefruit and banana marmalade or Wood oven baked eggs.

L’Amico
849 Avenue of the Americas (at 30th St.)
646-600-7142
Online: L’Amico

photo: L'Amico

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What’s your city spot to grab some grub with the kids outdoors? Tell us in the comments below!

—Lambeth Hochwald